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Have you ever stopped to wonder why some people look amazing long into their golden years where others lose their youth before their thirtieth birthday?
Well, the answer to this is not at all a simple one. Diet, genetics, lifestyle and environment all have incredibly important parts to play. So too does sleep. Yep, sleep is by far one of the most important factors in keeping up your appearance as the years march on.
Firstly, just getting enough sleep is vital. Individuals who don’t sleep enough or who have regular broken sleep will show it on their face very quickly. Bags under eyes will be a permanent feature, fine lines will become more entrenched as wrinkles and dreaded crows feet. And the skin’s youthful plumpness will make way for something altogether drier and thinner.
Secondly, it’s not just how much sleep that’s important it’s also how you sleep. It’s this aspect we are going to examine below. There are certain things you should and should not be doing that will help you take extra care of that beautiful skin of yours. Read on.
Hydration is key
One of the cleverest pieces of advice my mother ever told went a little something like this, “your pre-bed routine starts as soon as you wake up.” What she meant was that getting yourself ready for bed isn’t just something you do fifteen minutes before bedtime. No, every single thing you do during the day will have an impact on how well you sleep.
You may have heard the secret to healthy skin is drinking a glass of water before bed. Well, yes this is very important but it misses out the key point. You should be drinking water from the moment you wake up. For me, hydration is one of the most important thing’s you can do for your skin.
Science tells us around 64% of the skin is water. The skin is essential for survival but beautiful skin is not. Unfortunately when we are dehydrated the body will draw water from the skin and toward more essential areas, such as the brain and organs. Think of your skin as a garden, keep it watered and it will continue to bloom, fail to tend to it and the flowers will wilt and the leaves droop.
How much water should you drink a day? Well, have you ever seen a nature documentary where elephants find a watering hole after a long drought? That’s how much!
Get on your back
We spend a third of our lives in bed sleeping, or at least trying to sleep. Yet, a substantial amount of us get this part of lives very very wrong. I’m talking to you stomach sleepers here. If you bed down every night with your face mashed into your pillow then you, my friend, are doing your appearance no favours at all.
Think on this for a moment, pillows are nowhere near as clean as you think they are. Whilst they may look fluffy, inviting and white, they are in fact receptacles of sweat, dead skin, hair and remnants of whatever moisturizer you used as part of your pre-bed routine. They are basically big filth sponges.
If you sleep on your stomach you are marinating your skin with invisible grease and grime every night. Yuk!
And, let’s just say for sake of argument that you fastidiously change your pillowcase every morning (which no-one ever does), you are still smashing your face into unnatural shapes. Increasingly the occurrence of lines and wrinkles.
Do your face a big favour and make a conscious effort to sleep on either your side or on your back. Not only will this improve your skin, but it will also likely have a big impact on any back or neckache you may suffer from. What a win-win situation!
I got this particular tip from the guys over at SleepAdvisor.org, they have a mountain of hints and advice on everything all things slumber-related. Why not check them out?
Always, always, always cleanse
I almost didn’t put this one down as I know none of you out there would ever think of going to bed without first giving your face a wash. But I also know that life is hard, especially nowadays, when we all work long hours and then rush to fit in as much socialising as possible. But no matter how tired you are when you get home, always, always, always cleanse.
You don’t have to overcomplicate this process, whilst there is obviously a world of amazing products out there, simply using water is often enough. Just make sure you remove that layer of make-up or just atmospheric grime before you bed down for the night.
Well, there you have it skin fans, my three golden rules for taking care of your skin at night. Hydrate, cleanse and avoid smushing your beautiful face into your pillow. They may sound basic but that’s because the most effective things in life are always the simplest. Sweet dreams!
Take care of your skin. All the best.
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